Phnom Penh (FN), Dec. 7 – China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) has decided to grant qualifications to an additional 18 Cambodian local rice traders to export to Chinese market, according to the Chinese Embassy in Cambodia.

“Thanks to the joint efforts by China and Cambodia, the kingdom’s 18 rice trading enterprises have been granted qualifications to export to China, making it 44 in total,” the Chinese Embassy wrote on Facebook on Friday.

“The entries of 18 rice companies will help Cambodia achieve its goal of fulfilling its rice export quota in Chinese market, which is 400,000 tons of rice per annum,” it said.

According to the statement, “in the first 11 months of 2019, Cambodia has exported rice to 60 countries across the world. China remains the largest export destination for Cambodia, in which the kingdom has exported more than 200,000 tons of rice to China in 2019, increased by 53 percent compared to last year.”